Tourism Archive

Residence Inn Marriott Hosts $20.3M Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 3/4/2019 12:00 am

An affiliate of Noble Investment Group of Atlanta acquired the 107-room Residence Inn Marriott at 219 River Market Ave. from an affiliate of Starwood Capital of Greenwich, Connecticut.

City of Jonesboro Adjusts Staff Titles (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/4/2019 12:00 am

Bill Reznicek and Trever Harvey have been given new titles and positions as part of Mayor Harold Perrin's administration for the city of Jonesboro.

Marlon Blackwell Raises Bar on Framework of Arkansas Architecture

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/4/2019 12:00 am

Marlon Blackwell , the Fayetteville architect, admits he sees little downside in being famous, as long as he remembers where he came from.

Gretchen Hall Named Tourism Person of the Year

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/1/2019 02:00 pm

Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO Gretchen Hall was named the 2019 Arkansas Tourism Person of Year on Tuesday at the 45th Governor's Conference on Tourism.

Asa Hutchinson Announces Appointments to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/25/2019 01:59 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday announced the following appointments.

Fort Smith Directors Back Funding Push for Convention Center

by Associated Press 2/25/2019 06:39 am

The Fort Smith Board of Directors previously questioned the value of subsidizing the Convention Center. It was worried about supporting the facility with other things in need of attention. Directors said recently, however, it's worth the investment.

Presenting the 31st Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/25/2019 12:00 am

Arkansas Business honors the state's top executives, small businesses and nonprofits with the annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards.

Listen to The People (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 2/25/2019 12:00 am

The people of Pope County have been clear: They don't want a casino.

NLRCVB Hires Specialist Janis Alexander (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/25/2019 12:00 am

Janis Alexander has joined the North Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau as an administrative specialist.

CJRW Employees Get Perk to 'Explore Arkansas'

by Kyle Massey 2/20/2019 02:32 pm

CJRW, the Little Rock marketing agency will decades of history promoting Arkansas tourism, is putting its money behind its message in encouraging its own employees to vacation at attractions within the state.

Annual Delta Awards Recognize Tourism Achievement

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/20/2019 01:25 pm

The 19th annual Delta Awards that recognize tourism achievement were presented by Arkansas Delta Byways during the organization's annual festivities Friday at the Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart.

Funding Legacy Supports Arkansas State Parks, Keeps Coffers Full

by George Waldon 2/18/2019 12:00 am

The conservation tax approved by Arkansas voters in 1996 remains a dynamic funding source to help upgrade and maintain the 52 state parks in Arkansas. “Without the conservation tax, we couldn't do what we're doing,” said Grady Spann, director of Arkansas State Parks.

A&P Commissions Watching Tax Case on Online Booking

by Mark Friedman 2/18/2019 12:00 am

Websites collect tax on rooms based on customer's price, not the price paid to hotels.

As Casinos Come to Arkansas, All Ships Look for Lift

by Marty Cook 2/18/2019 12:00 am

Jim Shamburger owns the Best Western Winner Circle Inn just across the street from Oaklawn Racing & Gaming in Hot Springs. When Oaklawn announced in mid-November its plans for a $100 million expansion on site to include a 200-room hotel, an 28,000-SF casino and a 14,000-SF events center, Shamburger couldn't have been happier.

El Dorado A&P Leaves Light On Hotel Revenues

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/18/2019 12:00 am

Candlewood Suites in El Dorado is the city's top hotel by gross receipts, according to a list released by the El Dorado Advertising & Promotion Commission.

Genealogy Travel A Perfect Fit for Arkansas (Jeanne Rollberg Commentary)

by Jeanne Rollberg 2/18/2019 12:00 am

Tourism is an important part of our heritage. Didn't the Arkansas Traveler of lore seek both adventure and learning?

U.S. Travel & Tourism Economic Impact Reported at $1.5 Trillion

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/18/2019 12:00 am

The total contribution of travel and tourism to gross domestic product in the United States was $1.5 trillion in 2017, or 7.7 percent of GDP.

Cynthia Dunlap Sees Love for Arkansas Coming Naturally for Visitors

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/18/2019 12:00 am

Cynthia Dunlap, the interim director of the Department of Parks & Tourism, says tourism tax receipts are up, and robust in the northwest.

Arkansas Arts Center Will Move to Temporary Space

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/12/2019 11:10 am

The Arkansas Arts Center will temporarily move to 2510 Cantrell Road in the Riverdale Shopping Center for two and a half years, during its upcoming renovation and expansion project.

Douglas: Time Has Come for Online Sales Tax in Arkansas

by Todd Traub 2/12/2019 11:08 am

Fortified by a U.S. Supreme Court decision, supporters of an Arkansas bill to collect taxes from out-of-state, online sales are confident the time has come for the legislation to pass.